The Agenda: Page 11

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Silvana and I talked a lot about fashion and architecture in preparation for this story.  It was something that I hadn’t put much detail into in the initial story. But moving it to a purely visual medium brought this aspect of the story to the forefront.

Both of my lead artists, Zach and Silvana keep collections of images of technology, architecture, art, and fashion for reference.

Silvana and I worked on character designs and the fashions for about 3 months before the first page was drawn.  I personally drew inspiration from sources such as Project Runway, Drag Fashion, K-Pop, and International Male Catalogs.  But Silvana really took my suggestions and made them her own.

One of the ideas behind creating a Gay Utopia/Dystopia would be that the world is immaculately designed and accessorized. The city is absolutely beautiful, on the surface. Just like in real life.

The Agenda: Page 10

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Despite The Agenda being a bit of a political satire, one thing that I hope comes across in the stories produced by Minus Zero Productions is that “Being Gay” is not the central issue of the story. Characters may be gay or straight, and there may be conflicting worldviews, but the struggle is never about coming out, or being gay itself. In these books, this is just how the world is and the characters interact in it naturally.  Even in Junkyard Angels, where there is a very deliberate “coming out” chapter. It’s played in it’s own context and is not related to the couple being gay or straight.

At the center of The Agenda story, is a loving couple starting a family.  Everything Gavin does through out the story is in an effort to get back to his husband and daughter. And Gavin’s made some mistakes, and certainly has some growing to do, but the idea that he and Richard are together and raising a child is never questioned. Whether Gavin’s actions and poor choices manage to endanger his family or relationship remains to be seen.  Stay tuned!

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